Kayla Martinez

Kayla Martinez

Academic Planning Specialist, FAS Registrar's Office
Bisexual, Queer | Pronouns: she/her/hers
Kayla Martinez

How, if at all, has your identity shaped your academic and/or professional journey?

My identity as a queer woman of color has undoubtedly driven my passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion. As an undergraduate student at UCLA, I sought out courses in LGBTQ, African American, Latinx/Chicanx, and Gender Studies, which helped me understand my own experiences in new ways and provided a greater sense of community. In my undergrad years, I also served as a New Student Advisor for 2 years, which involved counseling incoming first-year and transfer students both academically and personally, an experience that led me to apply my passions and interests to the landscape of higher education. As a current graduate student at Georgetown University, I'm studying Higher Education Administration with the hopes of using what I learn to ensure educational institutions center policies and programs that prioritize equity, access, and inclusion for all students.

What advice would you give to yourself when you were an undergraduate?

Find and hone your voice. Practice advocating for yourself. Build your community/chosen family. Make sure to utilize the resources available to you as a student and go to office hours!

What support can you provide to current undergraduate BGLTQ students who are hoping to enter into your field?

I'm always happy to chat and/or meet with students interested in the field of higher education. I also encourage any first-generation students or students of color to reach out to me anytime, I'm here to support you in any way I can!